The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have been unable to come to terms on a Carmelo Anthony trade. Trade talks have become dormant.
The New York Knicks will be unable to trade Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets until a suitor is found for Ryan Anderson. That’s become the story of the summer for both New York and Houston, which share mutual interest in seeing Anthony play for the Rockets in 2017-18.
Unfortunately, the two sides are losing faith in the possibility of a trade being executed at any point in the near future.
Anthony has made it clear that he wants to join close friend Chris Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston. With Anderson’s burden of a contract needing to be moved, however, the Knicks and Rockets have been unable to get anything done.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the talks between the Knicks and Rockets have become, “Fairly dormant.”
For those who can’t see the video, Wojnarowski said the following during his appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“Carmelo Anthony, right now, those talks have been fairly dormant between Houston and New York. They’ve tried to find third, fourth teams, the Rockets have, to help facilitate a deal with Carmelo Anthony. They haven’t been able to do that. And both sides are prepared for the fact that Anthony may have to go to camp with the Knicks.”
This marks the second time that the Knicks and Rockets have stepped away from the negotiating table in just over one month.
It’s becoming abundantly clear that Anthony playing for the Knicks in 2017-18 is a realistic possibility. Both he and New York would like for a trade to be executed, but the front office has no interest in simply dumping him for a mediocre return.
If a trade is to be completed, the Knicks will be looking for a returning package that will facilitate their youth movement and general growth.
Anderson doesn’t fit the bill of a player who will help them do so, and 28 other teams around the NBA seem to share that line of thinking.
Anthony appearing at training camp doesn’t guarantee that he’ll start or complete the season with the Knicks. Some fear that it may be an awkward experience, but it’s worth noting that head coach Jeff Hornacek recently watched one of Anthony’s pickup games in person.
New York is warming up to the idea of Anthony being present come training camp, and Houston is inching closer to accepting the reality that he won’t be a part of the equation in 2017-18.
The trade talks aren’t dead, but the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have backed off of the Carmelo Anthony negotiations for the second time in roughly one month.